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Week of July 23, 2018
Pooleside Pies files plans
Demolition begins at old Amtrak station
New kind of pharmacy coming to Glenwood
Work begins on Oak Steakhouse
Crabtree Terrace progress
5401 North continues to expand
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Planning for Pizza
Renowned Raleigh restaurateur Ashley Christensen is one step closer to achieving our dream of a Poole’s mac and cheese pizza. Site plans were recently filed for Pooleside Pie, which will offer Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas at 428 S. McDowell Street, right next to Christensen’s Poole’s Diner.
The building is currently the home of the “All are welcome, Raleigh, NC” mural, which is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Raleigh. Built in 1915, the 3,950 square foot brick warehouse building will now undergo a significant renovation.
The project is being designed by Louis Cherry Architecture, perhaps best known for their beautiful redesign of the Cameron Village Library. Pooleside Pie won’t be the firm’s first venture into restaurant design. They were also behind Crawford and Son and Joule Coffee.
While it’s hard to say how far out Pooleside Pies is from opening, Christensen has been keeping her future customers updated through social media on @poolesidepie, so we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any new updates.
For all you non-foodies out there, Neapolitan is a style of pizza made with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. According to Wikipedia, it must be made with “San Marzano tomatoes, which grow on the volcanic plains to the south of Mount Vesuvius, and Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, a protected designation of origin cheese made with the milk from water buffalo raised in the marshlands of Campania and Lazio in a semi-wild state.” It is not pizza made with vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream.
On Track for Demolition
With Amtrak service having switched over to the new Union Station earlier this month, we knew it wouldn’t be long before the teardown of the old station began. Our friend Ashton Smith reported in her newsletter, Raleigh, over-easy., that the demolition work has started.
While taking pictures of the site, we learned that the canopy, built in 1897 and part of the original Union Depot (also known as Union Station), will be moved to Spencer Yard. Spencer Yard is home of the N.C. Transportation Museum, and is named after the first president of Southern Railway, Samuel Spencer.
Farmacy Coming to Glenwood South
The Hemp Farmacy is setting up shop on Glenwood South. Located on the corner of Glenwood and Hillsborough Street, they’ll be selling products infused with CBD Oil, which claims to offer all the benefits of THC without the high.
According to their Facebook page, which really should be using the tagline “The Dopest Farmacy In Raleigh,” the store will offer “a wide variety of nutritional supplements derived from the Hemp Plant,” and “CBD products from a large number of manufacturers.”
The Farmacy will supposedly be “The East Coast’s First Stand-Alone CBD Dispensary” and its products will come from organically-grown American processors.
Now open in their new location at High Park.
Oak City Steak Coming To The Dillon
Permits for one of The Dillon’s tastiest tenants were recently issued to the Lennon Construction Company. They’ll transform a 5,125 square-foot space on the ground floor of The Dillon into Raleigh’s first location of the high-end Oak Steakhouse chain.
This won’t be the Oak’s first North Carolina location. The restaurant won this year’s “Best Steak” in Charlotte’s “Best of the Best Awards,” which is surprising, since most people in Charlotte have underdeveloped palates.
In addition to its location in Charlotte’s South Park district, the chain also operates restaurants in Atlanta, Charleston, and Nashville.
Newest Mixed-Use Underway at Crabtree
Final sitework permits were issued last week for Crabtree Terrace, a six-story 178,000 square-foot office and retail development at 4509 Creedmoor Road.
Located across from Crabtree Valley Mall, Crabtree Terrace will offer 140,00 square feet of Class A office space, along with 38,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Developer East West Partners officially acquired the land in January 2018, after which it wasted no time in tearing down the existing three-story, 31,000 square-foot “solar glass” exterior building constructed in 1972.
Just when we think Crabtree Valley has reached a maximum level of density, we’re proven wrong. We can’t imagine what the area will look like in ten years.
Northern Living in North Raleigh
Years after the final sitework permits were issued for the start of 5401 North, a planned mixed-use community off Louisburg Road just north of 540, work continues on this massive 400-acre development.
Last week, permits were issued for 5401 North Apartments, along with a number of single-family homes. The apartment complex will apparently comprise four 3-story buildings each containing 48 units, and offer a number of amenities including an outdoor pool.
When complete, 5401 North will offer everything from single-family residential units to townhomes and the aforementioned apartments, in addition to office, retail, dining and amenity spaces. Despite its outside both beltlines status, 5401 North sounds like a pretty nice place.